Residential Controls

Fresh Air Mfg. Co.: A/C Economizing, IAQ Control System

February 25, 2013
The FAMCO IAQ Economizer™ kit is a control system designed to provide cutting-edge economizing, free-cooling, and IAQ functionality to split-system air conditioning systems by using external air to reduce internal temperatures. It allows low temperatures to be realized at times when they can be achieved using less energy. 


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2013 AHR Expo Product Roundup: Residential Controls

February 18, 2013

The NEWS staff was very busy at the AHR Expo in Dallas, seeking information on new products. Here is a comprehensive list of the residential controls we found on the show floor.


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Products with Intelligence

December 10, 2012
This roundup of products, components, and software covers both residential and commercial offerings that use new technology to add intelligence, improve performance, and achieve high levels of energy efficiency.


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Emerson Climate Technologies: Air Conditioner, Heat Pump Relay

December 10, 2012
The White-Rodgers SureSwitch™ relay, model number 49P11-843, replaces the function of a contactor and short-cycle timer with a sealed relay. It increases the reliability of air conditioning systems and heat pumps. Designed to fit in the space of a traditional mechanical contactor, the relay is a universal electronic upgrade.


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Aprilaire: Residential IAQ Control System

November 12, 2012
The Home Comfort Control™ comprehensive, two-part IAQ control system utilizes an intuitive, touch-screen user interface which connects to an Equipment Control Module with standard three-wire connection, eliminating the need for separate controls for humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation, and temperature control systems.


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Lennox Industries: Wi-Fi-enabled Thermostat

October 1, 2012
The icomfort Wi-Fi™ touchscreen thermostat uses cloud connectivity to offer homeowners temperature control from anywhere in the world, at any time, from a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or web-enabled device. It is simple to use, install, and service, said the company.


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RectorSeal® Corp.: Switch Sensor

September 24, 2012
Model SS610E has been added to the line of patented Safe-T-Switch® electronic condensate overflow control switches. It is designed for use on mini-split systems. It includes reliable, low power-consuming, state-of-the-art microelectronics.


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Technology Takeover: Thermostats and Controls

September 17, 2012
The advent of technology is at its most apparent in the world of thermostats and controls. Manufacturers are developing equipment that can be accessed and operated from Internet-enabled devices on the other side of the world. This article provides a sample of some of today’s latest thermostats and controls.


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Thermostats Connect Consumers to the Future

September 17, 2012
A recent study, conducted by O2, reveals that smartphone users spend at least two hours each day on their devices, surfing the Internet, utilizing social media, listening to music, gaming, and performing other activities. One of those other activities: setting their thermostat.


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ClimateTalk Alliance Focuses on Compatibility, Connectivity

September 17, 2012
ClimateTalk Alliance is an organization of companies committed to developing a common communication infrastructure for HVAC and smart grid devices, enabling the interoperability of diverse systems. Created in 2009, the alliance’s members collaborate and drive the future of the open standards communication framework.


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Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

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